Time to brush up on your towing knowledge

Category: Inspiration, News, Date: 13 April 2022

With the travel borders finally being raised, a time for caravanning and camping has never been better- so we’ve decided to help you brush on on your towing knowledge.

We’re here to fix that: we’ve listed some of our top tips to help you tow your vehicle.

Double check everything

Before settling into the driver’s seat, give your caravan and vehicle the once over. Check you have not overloaded your RV and that everything inside is secure and evenly distributed to reduce excessive swing.

Ensure safety

Ensure your RV is correctly coupled to the tow vehicle, with the safety chain fitted and check that brake lights, tail lights, and clearance lights are all working.

Familiarise yourself with your caravan

Knowing your caravan’s working condition. Taking the time to familiarise yourself with the dimensions of your caravan will bring greater awareness and confidence when on the road.


Before starting the ignition get in the habit of observing the placement and working order of all mirrors. Ensure you can see out the back window without items such as surfboards or pillows obscuring your vision. Visibility is particularly important when towing an RV, so make sure you can see clearly out of all mirrors before setting out.

Keeping left

When on the road keep as far to the left as safe to give overtaking vehicles as much space as possible. Leave larger distances than usual between yourself and vehicles in front for comfortable breaking, and allow plenty of extra time and space when entering traffic.

Remember: keep a cool head, stop regularly, and share the driving.

Caravanning is an experience everyone should undertake at least once in their life and is a great way to get back to your roots. Use these tips to help with your next trip.

Check out the fantastic towing resource with a free download.

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5 Responses to “Time to brush up on your towing knowledge”

  1. Dianne Evans says:

    There is no mention of the speed limit for towing vans/trailer 100km per hour.
    I have noticed that a lot of people are not following the road rules in that regard.

  2. Matt Nolan says:

    I understand they have changed the rules in relation to BBQ’s fitted into tunnel boots being plugged into a gas fitting bayonet plug (on a slide out), now being part of the caravan and coming under different rules to just having the bbq plugged into a gas bottle. Is this just for NSW?

  3. Ross Turner says:

    Every caravan forum talks about safety and having mirrors that you can see behind you. My observation is that a number of caravanners do this but not too many with camper trailers, large boats & trailers plus I have witnessed many double or large horse floats without extended mirrors.

  4. Brian says:

    I agree with the speed limit response. I contacted the WA Road Safety Council, the WA State Police and the WA Royal Auto Club with a suggestion that would address the speed limit problem, but each authority hand-balled me to the other …..and round and round it went. Typically, unless they thought of it first, it doesn’t deserve consideration.

  5. Alan says:

    I use a reversing camera constantly on, AS WELL AS towing mirrors. If a vehicle is not in the camera but in your mirrors, then they are beside you so don’t diverge yet.

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